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Publisher's Summary

While Pang-Mei Natasha Chang was a Chinese Studies major at Harvard University, she stumbled across the name of her 83-year-old great aunt Chang Yu-i in a history book. Over the next several years, Pang-Mei spent long afternoons drawing forth her aunt's story. Born in Shanghai to a well-to-do family, Chang Yu-i lived a life of defiance, continually breaking class and culture barriers. Her saga, told touchingly by her first-generation, American-born niece, includes her marriage to the preeminent Chinese poet Hs| Chih-Mo, how she ran the Shanghai Women's Savings Bank in the 1930s, and how she endured the anguish of China's first Western-style divorce.
Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1996 by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang; Cover Design by Mario J. Pulice; Cover Photographs from the Author's Collection
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lindy on 02-05-18

Strong woman

Chang Yu-I is an amazingly strong woman who endured such hardship and still pursued the best for her children and for herself. This is a heartbreaking story of a lack of connection with those close to her (beyond her relationship with one of her brothers) and of repeated loss; a story of the tension between traditional Chinese values and progressive Western pursuits.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Caitlin on 06-26-14

Only 4 chapters

Would you try another book from Pang-Mei Natasha Chang and/or Pang-Mei Natasha Chang?

I have to read this for my history class so I bought this and it ended up being not even half the book. I knew it was too good to be true. Now I actually have to read this book that I have no desire to read.

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